KANESHIGE Kosuke 金重晃介(1943- )

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KANESHIGE Kosuke has made an independent adjustment to his family pottery heritage, which can be traced back as far as 15th century Bizen , He has since developed his own vocabulary of resonant sculptural forms. Here are two examples.

At a glance, we know that something momentous has occurred, compelling a close examination. This sunken warship, with ominous projections, whose incised hull armor is intact, has been violently twisted by an unidentified disastrous force. Numerous loose, long planks or beams, sometimes suggesting one-eyed fish, show the utter destruction of the ship's top deck. Its center is empty. The tough armor, even though it held together, failed to prevent this catastrophe. This wrecked warship tells us that both inner and outer strength are necessary for survival.


Starting with a conventional diamond-shaped vase, Kaneshige then carefully arranged slabs of clay around the form, creating voluptuous folds. When seen in the round, one can appreciate the beautiful complexity of the clay drapery: a variety of light and shaded areas: shapes that appear stable and others that are about to fall. The delicate parallel combed lines of the surfaces play against the luxuriant folds. Kosuke has achieved an exciting transformation by raising the banal image of textile to a monumental sculpture.


KANESHIGE Kosuke金重晃介(1943- )
From the Sea, 2004
H16" x W18" x D14", H40.6 x W45.7 x D35.5"
Stoneware
With Signed Wood Box

Saint's Garment No.5, 2004
H16" x W16.5" x D13", H40.6 x W42 x D33cm
Stoneware
Signed Kosuke at bottom
With Signed Wood Box